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Saint Patrick and the Peddler

Irish Folktales for Children

If your young reader is searching for tales for St. Patrick’s Day or loves adventure and a fair bit of humor, check out this selection of folktales from Ireland! From leprechauns to giants, these folktales will keep your reader enchanted! The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your fan of fairy tales.


Amazon Says: Here is a lilting Irish tale concerning a kindly peddler in Ballymena, an old porridge pot, and a visit from the spirit of St. Patrick. The full-color panoramas are reminiscen more...
Amazon Says: Here is a lilting Irish tale concerning a kindly peddler in Ballymena, an old porridge pot, and a visit from the spirit of St. Patrick. The full-color panoramas are reminiscent of 19th-century English romantic painters. less...
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Jessica M. Says: This is an original tale by Teresa Bateman. Be sure to check out some of her other works!
Amazon Says: After the king of the leprechauns bestows on him the Ring of Truth, Patrick O'Kelley no longer expects to win a blarney contest. more...
Amazon Says: After the king of the leprechauns bestows on him the Ring of Truth, Patrick O'Kelley no longer expects to win a blarney contest. less...
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The King Of Ireland's Son by Brendan Behan
Amazon Says: The adventures of three king's sons, who are challenged to find the source of the heavenly music heard throughout the kingdom, include encounters with hospitable old men, a ca more...
Amazon Says: The adventures of three king's sons, who are challenged to find the source of the heavenly music heard throughout the kingdom, include encounters with hospitable old men, a captured maiden, lots of food, and a fierce giant with an appetite for princes. less...
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Amazon Says: Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He's a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the f more...
Amazon Says: Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He's a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the farmers bring in the hay. And everyone in the village of Drumnahoon admires him. "He's the best-hearted man that ever walked on Ireland's green grass." But for all his strength, courage, and goodness, there's one thing that Finn lacks. He's just not smart. And he knows it. When a wise man living in a nearby village tells Finn about a magical red salmon with the wisdom of the world, Finn sets out to catch the fish. And he learns a thing or two about himself in the process. An author of more than 250 children's books, Eve Bunting has won numerous awards and honors, including a Pen International Special Achievement award for her contribution to Children's Literature. In 2002 she was chosen to be Irish American Woman of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Committee of New York. She lives in Pasadena, California. Zachary Pullen's picture-book illustrations have won awards and garnered starred reviews. He has been honored several times with acceptance into the prestigious Society of Illustrators juried shows and Communication Arts Illustration Annual of the best in current illustration. Zak lives in Wyoming. less...
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Amazon Says: This new retelling of a favorite yarn from ancient Irish folklore features Finn MacCoul, a lovable but cowardly giant whose clever wife, Oonagh, uses a wee bit of fairy magic more...
Amazon Says: This new retelling of a favorite yarn from ancient Irish folklore features Finn MacCoul, a lovable but cowardly giant whose clever wife, Oonagh, uses a wee bit of fairy magic and a great helping of brains to help her husband outsmart the nasty Scottish bully who's after him. Her plan entails Finn masquerading as his own baby--a hilarious spoof that's sure to leave young readers giggling in their chairs while Finn wiggles in his cradle, nervously awaiting the showdown. Robert Byrd's shimmering, meticulously researched artwork stuns the eye with details even as it stretches perspective to bring readers into the giant's world. Each element of the breathtaking landscapes and interiors--costumes, customs, buildings, flora, and fauna--harks back authentically to the days of ancient Ireland. Generous notes at the back explain sources, pronunciations, and more. Humor abounds on every page, in word and picture, and the lilting read-aloud text makes this a lucky pick for story hour near St. Patrick's Day or anytime. less...
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The Swan Children by David Day
Amazon Says: The Magician-King's four grandchildren are transformed into swans by their jealous stepmother and remain enchanted for a thousand years. more...
Amazon Says: The Magician-King's four grandchildren are transformed into swans by their jealous stepmother and remain enchanted for a thousand years. less...
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Amazon Says: After his wife is injured, Jamie O'Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland, must find a way to feed his family and luckily bumps into a leprechaun with a batch of magic seeds. more...
Amazon Says: After his wife is injured, Jamie O'Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland, must find a way to feed his family and luckily bumps into a leprechaun with a batch of magic seeds. less...
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Amazon Says: After disturbing a dead man in his grave an Irish girl nearly pays with her life, but thanks to her cleverness and bravery she finds love and riches instead. more...
Amazon Says: After disturbing a dead man in his grave an Irish girl nearly pays with her life, but thanks to her cleverness and bravery she finds love and riches instead. less...
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Amazon Says: Ageless tales of leprechauns and fairies--passed down through the centuries--come to life in this beautifully illustrated book. This varied collection includes ten of the best more...
Amazon Says: Ageless tales of leprechauns and fairies--passed down through the centuries--come to life in this beautifully illustrated book. This varied collection includes ten of the best-loved traditional Irish stories retold by author and poet Una Leavy. Illustrations inspired by ancient Celtic art and culture capture the wild and windswept Irish landscape. Full color. less...
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Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott
Amazon Says: This lighthearted Irish tale of magic, greed, and revenge from Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Gerald McDermott reminds us that a bit of good luck is never out of reach-as more...
Amazon Says: This lighthearted Irish tale of magic, greed, and revenge from Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Gerald McDermott reminds us that a bit of good luck is never out of reach-as long as you look for the wee folk. When poor and jobless Tim O'Toole discovers a group of wee folk, he knows his bad luck has changed forever. But before he can enjoy the treasures they give him, Tim has to learn an important lesson. Spirited and humorous illustrations reveal the world of the wee folk, along with Tim O'Toole and his family. less...
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Amazon Says: The prince's stepmother wants to steal his throne for her own twin sons. more...
Amazon Says: The prince's stepmother wants to steal his throne for her own twin sons. less...
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Jessica M. Says: An original tale that weaves together several motifs of a traditional Irish ghost story!
Amazon Says: Acclaimed nonfiction author Jim Murphy now turns his hand to spinning yarns. Fergus O’Mara, a resourceful Irish lad, is especially clever at avoiding work. On his way to an more...
Amazon Says: Acclaimed nonfiction author Jim Murphy now turns his hand to spinning yarns. Fergus O’Mara, a resourceful Irish lad, is especially clever at avoiding work. On his way to an evening of fun, he encounters the dreaded Night-Demon. Fergus keeps on walking, but this demon means business, and our hero will have to work hard to get himself out of a “grave” situation. With haunting humor and high spirits, Jim Murphy and John Manders have created a suspenseful tale that’s scary enough for a Halloween read-aloud and funny enough to be enjoyed at any time. Author’s note. less...
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Amazon Says: Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too. more...
Amazon Says: Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too. less...
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